One questionable excuse and a sharp-nosed K9 officer were enough to launch a vehicle search in Utah earlier this month that discovered at least 45 kilograms of cannabis.
The couple reported they were driving home from a funeral in California, supposedly for the female resident’s sister, when they were run over on Jan. 21, according to Deseret News.
After leaving the funeral in Oceanside, California, the couple said they stayed the night at a Nevada hotel, notes an affidavit from a Utah Highway Patrol soldier.
Unclear if the funeral was verified but apparently not convinced, the soldier called a second officer and his K-9 partner. A quick walk around the vehicle showed that something was wrong. The drug-sniffing dog signaled a “positive indication of the smell of illegal substances on the passenger side of the vehicle,” Deseret News cited the affidavit as a reference.
The subsequent vehicle search resulted in the soldiers discovering 454 gram packs of green leaf substance that appeared to be marijuana in the trunk, the affidavit said. In addition, the soldiers also discovered “six packs of brown wax substance that appeared to be marijuana wax and weighed one pound each”.
Waylon Mayer, 40, and Laura Parker, 62, have been arrested, Deseret News reports. They were taken to a local prison pending examination to determine if they had 45 kg of marijuana or more. Mayer was also issued a traffic ticket.
Recreational cannabis is illegal in Utah. Intermountain Legal reports that it is against the law for an individual to “knowingly and intentionally” possess a controlled substance unless it is through a lawful medical prescription. Even medical marijuana is still criminalized in the state.
According to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, it is a criminal offense that carries between one and 15 years in prison and a $ 10,000 ($ 12,800) fine for possession of more than 45 kg of weeds is charged.